By Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo
Methodist Presbyter, Very Rev. Kayode Akande, and two other church members, who were kidnapped on Sunday night, at a town called Telemu, along Iwo-Osogbo road, in Osun State by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Thursday night regained their freedom.
The Methodist Church members were returning from Ile-Ogbo in Ola Oluwa local government of Osun where they held a Church meeting when the kidnappers waylaid eight of them who were traveling in two cars.
Three of the men were taken away by the kidnappers.
On Tuesday night. Hon Mudashir Toogun. Deputy Chief of staff and Special Adviser to Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Inter Ethnic Matters hinted at a Radio program that the kidnappers were demanding N20 Million ransom before their victims could be released.
The Methodist Bishop of Osogbo diocese, Rt. Revd. Amos Ogunrinde confirmed to our correspondent on Friday that Akande, alongside two other brethren: Engineer Bankole and Mr. Omodunbi were released at about 7.30pm on Thursday night by their abductors suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
He said the victims suffered serious torture in the hands of their abductors before they eventually regained their freedom.
He adduced their release to an invisible hands of God through prayers from the church and many others who shared in their grief.
The clergy however remained silent on whether ransom was paid to secure the release of his members, saying he could neither confirm nor deny it.
“I can confirm it to you that the pastor and two other members who were kidnapped have been released on Thursday night, we are happy to receive them alive.
“Although they were seriously beaten, yet we thank God for their life.
“On whether ransom was paid or not, I can’t definitely say anything on it, it is the Treasurer of the church that is in charge of finance, mine is strictly spiritual.”
WESTERNPOST however, gathered from reliable source within the church hierarchy that ransom was paid in millions to secure the release of those individuals from their abductors.
“The kidnappers first demanded for N20m(Twenty Million Naira) but the leadership of the church, with the help from our headquarters later appealed to them and eventually settled at N5m(Five million naira)”.